Being a police officer is a difficult job. What they have to see and deal with is unimaginable. It’s tragic when some officers become the monstrous things they see in the night. According to Criminology Careers Expert, Timothy Roufa, “The majority of officers are very well aware of the high ethical standard they are held to and want very much to uphold the public trust. While they do stick together in many ways, only a select filthy few fail to understand that bad cops make all officers appear unethical.”
The Peekaboo Police design is a concept about officers who slowly lose themselves in criminal acts or allow their own prejudices impact their ability to serve and protect everyone equally. This design touches on a difficult concept, but it is not an anti-police message.
Artist: Jordan Bouma
Police brutality is defined as being the use of excessive or unnecessary force by law enforcement officers. In America, evidence has continuously shown that there is a significant racial bias in cases of police brutality and incidences of fatal police shootings. Despite Black people making up only 13% of the population, they were 23% of individuals killed by police in 2018. A similar racial bias is apparent within stop and search statistics, with police in the UK being more likely to stop a person of color than someone who is white. (Mapping Police Violence)
The police have become a significant area of debate in recent years, particularly since the shooting of Michael Ferguson in 2014. It remains that the vast majority of professionals enter the police force due to a desire to make a difference. However, they are putting themselves at significant risk. Violent assaults towards police officers are rising significantly, with 23 attacks a day across the country. (Full Fact)
Question How can we address the inequality in the police system?
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